A note from Peter Arthur

Touchwood Books
New Zealand
 
Magnificent New Conifer Book...
A 30 year study of more than 500 conifer species to be found in the temperate regions of the world is now complete and the result is ‘CONIFERSAROUND THE WORLD’ a huge 6.4-kilo 2-volume hardback book of 1089 pages with about 3700 colour photos...
 
...This ambitious project began in 1975 when two Hungarians, Zsolt Debreczy, and Istvan Racz started travelling the temperate regions of the world studying and photographing conifers in the wild. Since then they spent 2000 days (five years) in the field, or should I say forest. They compiled a collection of 340,000 photos representing thousands of taxa plus precise documentation. They also collected half a million plant samples...
 
...For each tree there is a large photo of a mature specimen taken in its natural habitat (often very dramatic), and three to five close ups of needles, cones or seed. A brief text accompanies each plate providing essential descriptive and historical information. There are more than 1200 detailed line drawings including a 6 pages of botanical drawings of the pollen cones for each genus...
 
...This book is an absolutely ‘must have’ for the conifer enthusiast and will appeal to a wide variety of readers, from scholars to armchair travelers who wish to see conifers in the wild...
Peter Arthur